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02-05-2010 05:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: honduran tote knob bailey hand plane ziricote stanley no 4 stanley pics pictures plane refurbishing turning question




HI, I was wondering if anyone had an opinion onHonduran Mahogany or honduran rosewood for stanley/bailey hand plane totes and knobs.

Some of the things on my mind:

- I know they used rosewood, which species: cocobolo, brazillian, EI. Cant get any info on the web about it

- Modern planemakers are using lighter hardwoods like Cherry

- Honduran rosewood looks like a pretty good match w/ cost benifits, not to mention how it polishes.

- Mahogany has really good qualities like: it’s easy to work, ages nicely, and is reasonably priced

Here it is: I have some 2” thick Mahogany that is pretty dark(pic) and I want to make some Totes and knobs for my restored Hand planes , I also Have some Honduran Rosewood(dense/great polish/looks wicked; see pic) but I only have it in 1inch boards. I also have some Ziricote I made a set up with ( not finished but polished;see pics) (very dense stuff) (most of these planes are 4’s and 5’s)
, I figure the rosewood will act pretty similar to the Ziricote

- Does anyone have an opinion on two piece knobs( rosewood)? or using Mahogany? I am preparing to make a batch, but I am teetering because it is pretty labor intensive. -Hopefully I can post my process
- Would Mahogany give a fresh look to an old plane? -Is there any detriment a solid vintageish Type 14-18ish Bailey vs. a new “bailey” type – For the life of me, I couldn’t think of one. The Quality seems superior in virtually all aspects, and they can be had for less money – Eventually, I will probably be selling the original tote/knobs to people that want to restore their vintages for show. I seem to be motivated to put these planes to use( they just look like they want to )

-This is my first post so all critizism is welcome and encouraged.

-BTW, I think I might be a Handplane addict, is there a support group for this?


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#1 posted 02-05-2010 07:57 AM

I prefer the rosewood…

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 08:01 AM

Rosewood

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 04:58 PM

I agree…Rosewood.

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 05:11 PM

I say Rosewood as well, Mahogany to me is just to soft.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 06:04 PM

Rosewood and if you ever make any balloon style knobs for a no. 5 Bedrock let me know I would be very interest in buying one…thanks Blkcherry

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 08:46 PM

I prefer the look of rosewood too. my only reservation is my knobs will be 2 piece. Maybe I’ll try and find some thicker wood, or just build a two piecer. Blackcherry, I could probably make one if I had a template of some sort. Those are pretty rare and I dont have one. I have a pic from this rexmill site though. I have about one thousand #4 totes laughing at me too. Didn’t they use the same knobs/totes for the bedrocks and baileys?this is the baloon shape we are talking about right?

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 08:47 PM

Thanks to all for their input BTW!

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 11:20 PM

No I believe that the mushroom shape. The balloon’s are really tall I’ll have to take a pic to sent you.

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 06:57 AM

Sounds good.

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 07:08 AM

Here is a Rosewood tote Ive been working on today. Ive taken a bunch and planning to show the proccess I went through. The rosewood is really blond, but I think itll look good.

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#11 posted 02-06-2010 07:13 AM

I can also be very interested on buying some totes and knobs… let me know if you are interested…. Great job BTW

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#12 posted 02-06-2010 08:00 AM

nice work the rosewood is saweeeeeeet.

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#13 posted 02-06-2010 10:07 AM

I like your projects Alonso, I also like the idea of restoring for use. These planes In my opinion are superior to any new bailey type. I have a bunch of Baileys Im going to be doing. I just got a pretty vintage 7 body ( with the 3 pat dates) thats in pretty amazing shape . Anyways, Are you interested in making knobs/totes or are you interested in the Ones I am going to take off of my restoration jobs? or made ones? I thought this wood was too light , so I put some Mineral spirits on it and it kinda matches the wood on a type 16 I have. This Board I used for these totes Has some really fine straight grain, so I think I can make some knobs out of the same board , and I think I can make the joint line almost invisible( like on an acoustic guitar)!Thanks for the compliment.http://acousticguitarhelp.com/images/colormatch.jpg!

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#14 posted 02-06-2010 10:10 AM

Thanks bigike, I do need to do some shaping and sanding yet tho. this stuff is hard to sand; quality sandpaper is worth the money!

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